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Transpac Kids and Nicknames that Stick

flying_pollitoHonolulu, HI (July 14, 2009) - A special fraternity has developed among the Transpac kids. While the Morning Light kids were in the limelight in 2007, there were also the On the Edge of Destiny kids. Sean Doyle, Justin Doyle, Ted White, Roscoe Fowler and Cameron Biehl comprised the youngest team ever to race the Transpac. Their average age was just under 20 years old.

The kids are back and they are sprinkled throughout the fleet. Owners such as Bill Turpin, Chip Megeath and Roy P. Disney R are happy to share the entire experience of sailing Transpac Race with young blood. The kids can be a little nervous at first, but by the time they hear their names called over Hawaii Yacht Club’s PA system welcoming each and every member of the crew to Ala Wai, they have adjusted. They have made it. It’s a rite of passage that they’ll never forget and a bond that they share instantaneously with the other young sailors wearing the identifiable Hawaiian crew shirts, who are circulating around the Aloha welcome parties at Hawaii Yacht Club, Waikiki Yacht Club and Transpac row.

branningwilmotJesse Fielding, Jeremy Wilmot and Piet Van Os, with their lime green Pyewacket shirts and their necks laden with leis jumped off of the deck of Pyewacket to a waiting crowd. They went right to “Commander Branning” as Bill Turpin and the crew of Akela, the Reichel Pugh 78, which he navigated to Hawaii, had dubbed him.

“I was so excited, I wanted to jump on the boat when you came in,” said Branning to Piet Van Os, Pyewacket’s navigator and Branning’s best friend.

When Branning introduced his girlfriend to Van Os, Van Os extended his hand and introduced himself to her by saying, “Hi, I’m his other half.” The two former Morning Light co-navigators had the same wrist watches on their wrists, one wore it on the left hand and one wore it on the right.”

“I’m so happy for you, Bro,” said Commander Branning to Van Os, who despite losing a personal bet to Van Os about who would beat whom on corrected time, couldn’t wait to exchange stories with his buddy.

Jeremy "Troll" Wilmot and Jesse Fielding were in the circle with Van Os and Branning too. They compared this trip to last trip. “We didn’t starve this trip,” said Wilmot.

“Are you kidding?” said Fielding. “We had steak three nights in a row! And breakfast, Dude, we had omelets, bacon, pancakes, you name it!”

The fast friends who consider themselves as close as brothers, went into the tent for the Pyewacket party and were greeted by Fizz Foster, who, at that point, had recovered and was cleanly shaven. He had arrived the night before on Akela along with Branning.

RauhatukidsA little while later, the younger squad from one of the Mexican boats, Ruahatu, who were still standing after their crew party that is renown for being one of the longest lasting and boisterous, crashed the Pyewacket party. Their ticket to entry was not just their age, it was the status of Flying Pollito. Erick Brockmann, who was too young to qualify for the Morning Light crew and had already had the experience of sailing a Transpac when the team was selected, had been affectionately known as Pollito, for his light colored skin and hair. During the race, he became a Transpac legend, by being one of a very small number of sailors who have gone overboard during their Los Angeles to Hawaii crossing. Once he was brought back onboard and the boat was back on course, one of his crewmates brought belly laughs to everyone when he elevated Ricky’s status to “Flying Pollito”.

Flying Pollito hasn’t quite grown comfortable with his new name. He still is reliving the memory of blowing the spinnaker tack during a gybe and being shot off the boat like a cannon when the loads were released from the spinnaker pole. He was torpedoed off the leeward side of the boat in the daylight and someone quickly threw the boat’s horseshoe life buoy overboard. Pollito, remembers stripping off his sailing gloves, boat shoes and shorts, because they were heavy. He also remembers seeing the boat sail away from him at quite a clip.

He didn’t panic. It was also fortunate that the team was in the middle of a sail change in 12-knot winds during daylight, so all hands were on deck and in their racing positions.

“I was really lucky,” said Flying Pollito. “I was only in the water for four or five minutes,”

Ask him how cold the water was a three-day sail off from the California coast and he’ll say, “I don’t know. I can’t remember, but the horseshoe got caught around the keel and we had to send someone over to get it off. Once he was back on board, he said the water was freezing.”

Flying Pollito won’t retire from being a bowman, but he will wear his harness every time that he goes up to the bow from now on.

Flying Pollito, Jeronimo Mariscal, Andrew Morales “The Sleeping Guy”, Jorge Murrietta, Ricky “The Dectective” Brockmann and Flying Pollito exchanged stories with everyone in the Pyewacket tent, including Robbie Haines, who was eager to get to know the Mexican crew because he is planning on sailing an event in Acapulco.

By the time Flying Pollito’s story of fending off giant killer sharks with the horseshoe buoy had circulated throughout the Pyewacket tent, the famous Ruahatu crew mustered up the stamina to retell the dramatic legend to their Spanish friends from Charisma, who had just arrived on Transpac Row. That’s how the world grows smaller and friendships are built during the world’s most enduring and greatest ocean race.
Ricky "Flying Pollito" Brockmann photo by Lynn Fitzpatrick
Christopher "Commander" Branning and Jeremy "Troll" Wilmot at Pyewacket dock by Lynn Fitzpatrick
The Rauhatu crew from Mexico - Jeronimo Mariscal, Andres "The Sleepy Guy" Morales, Jorge Murrieta, Erick "Flying Pollito" Brockmann and Ricky "The Detective" Brockmann leaving the Pyewacket party on their way to visit the friends on the Spanish boat, Charisma by Lynn Fitzpatrick
  • 2015 Leaderboard
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Race standings are being provided continuously on the Yellowbrick Tracking Leaderboard. You can check on the boats positions at anytime through the Yellowbrick Race Viewer and also directly through the Yellowbrick Transpac 2015 Leaderboard.

The latest results are avaiable by the Transpac Race Divisions and also ORR Overall standings.

Please remember that Transpac positions and standings during the race reflect a 6 hour delay. The positions displayed in the Race Viewer and also on the Leaderboard standings are delayed by 6 hours. Transpac has always done this to promote the greatest competition among the Navigators and crews in the race. All the Navigators are watching the weather and also the performance of the other boats in the race to gain the slightest edge on their competition. We realize that this is a little confusing and is especially noticeable at the start of the race when the information does not appear for 6 hours after the start. But Transpac has always felt that this is the fairest way to provide the maximum amount of information while also preserving the competitive nature of the race for all the crews who participate.

As the boats near Hawaiii and the Finish line at Diamond Head, the real time positions will be displayed for all the boats. This will happen when the boats are within 100 miles of the finish, and make their first ETA reports to the Race Committee in Honolulu. At that point the boats will be only hours from sailing across the finish line and completing their long journey across the Pacific.

Check back often as we will be updating the Transpac 2015 Schedule of Events with new events and updated information as they become available.

Date / Time Event / Location
January 24, 2015 Safety at Sea Seminar - Long Beach YC
March 2, 2015 Last date for Fully Paid Standard Entry
April 19, 2015 How to Prepare for Transpac with John Jourdane at Los Angeles YC
May 2 & 3, 2015 Transpac Weather & Navigation with David Burch at Los Angeles YC
May 17, 2015 Safety at Sea Seminar - Encinal YC
June 1, 2015 Last Date to pay Entry Fee for late entry
June 1, 2015 1200 PDT Deadline for Submitting Final Rating Data
June 26, 2015 Deadline for "As Built" Sails Certificate
June 27, 2015  1800 PDT Peter Isler - Expedition - Los Angeles YC
June 28, 2015 Deadline for Safety Inspection Completion
June 29, 2015 Last Date for Complete Race Entry Process
July 11, 2015 1000 PDT Skipper Bag & Tracker Hand Out - Shoreline YC - 10am to 2pm
July 11, 2015  1530 PDT Skippers Meeting - Long Beach Aquarium - 3:30pm
July 11, 2015  1700 PDT Aloha Send-off Party, Gladstone's Restaurant - Pine Ave Pier - 5pm
July 12, 2015 Safety at Sea Seminar - Shoreline YC
July 13, 2015  1300 PDT First Transpac Start
July 16, 2015  1300 PDT Second Tranpac Start
July 18, 2015  1230 & 1300 PDT Third Transpac Start
July 29, 2015 Mt. Gay Rum Party - Waikiki YC - for Tickets & Reservations Call the Club (808) 955-4405
July 30, 2015 Hawaii Yacht Club Bacardi Rum Okole Maluna Party!
July 31, 2015 Honolulu Awards Ceremony - The Modern Hotel - 1630 Cocktails, 1730 Awards - Free - No RSVP!
August 1, 2015 Kaneohe YC Party & Plywood Cup Regatta